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New Mobile App Motivates Clients to Exercise
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Measurement Device Monitor’s Each Bite of Food You Take
New technology clients wear on their wrists counts every morsel of food they eat. Clemson University developers call it a pedometer for eating. Learn more »
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Vegan Diets May Help Diabetes Clients Shed Pounds, Control Glucose

Diabetes patients who are willing to make dramatic dietary and lifestyle changes to control blood sugar and lose weight may want to consider adopting a low-fat vegan diet. As you know, a vegan diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. It’s free of cholesterol and generally low in saturated fat.

Some research shows that vegans tend to be slimmer as a result and have fewer risk factors for developing chronic health problems such as cancer and cardiovascular and heart disease.

Dietetic professionals in this month’s E-News Exclusive discuss the benefits of veganism and its influence on weight loss and blood glucose control in type 2 diabetes patients. They also offer tips on how to successfully counsel these clients who are willing to switch from a high-fat diet to low-fat vegan cuisine.

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E-News Exclusive
Going Vegan May Help Control Diabetes, Promote Weight Loss
By Lindsey Getz

While the research isn’t plentiful, there’s evidence that a low-fat vegan diet can help better manage type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with overweight and obesity. This is partially because eating a vegan diet can help contribute to weight loss, assuming the patient regularly eats a healthful variety of vegan foods. Making such a change will most likely seem overwhelming to a patient who has diabetes or is obese, so it will be important for you as the nutrition professional to guide him or her through the lifestyle modifications a low-fat vegan diet requires.

“We don’t have much scientific evidence with regard to a vegan diet and diabetes or obesity, but when you look at populations and compare BMIs, vegans have significantly less overweight and obese people than other populations,” says Brenda Davis, RD, author of multiple books, including Becoming Raw: The Comprehensive Guide to Nutritious Raw Vegan Diets and Defeating Diabetes. “We find that vegans tend to be leaner. And since being overweight or obese increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions, we can assume that a vegan diet can help in those areas.”

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Field Notes
Women With PCOS Have Family Heart Disease Link

A new study from the University of Adelaide shows the parents of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are more likely to have some form of cardiovascular disease.

PCOS is a hormonal disorder affecting about 10% of women of reproductive age. It’s one of the most common endocrine disorders in women and a leading cause of infertility.

The study shows mothers of women with PCOS are more likely to have any form of cardiovascular disease, and almost twice as likely to have high blood pressure, than mothers of other women.

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Other Nutrition News
Today's Diet & NutritionEating Disorders and Health Insurance
People with eating disorders continue to battle with insurance companies in attempts to get their treatment covered, The New York Times reports.

Using Creepy-Crawlies to Heal Wounds
According to Reuters, results from a study show that maggots are overwhelmingly effective in treating ongoing wounds in patients with diabetes.
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